Nature’s Cathedrals: Sedona and Santa Fe


“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

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Sunset and Butte, Sedona

 

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Plaza Blanca, NM

 

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Cathedral Rock, Sedona

 

“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed. “

~Annie Leibovitz

 

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Sunrise Ride, Sedona

 

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Morning Contemplation

 

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Sunset Butte, Sedona

 

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

~John Muir

 

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Plaza Blanca Tower

 

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Mountain Biker, Mescal Trail

 

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The White Place, NM

 

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” 

― Lao Tau

 

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Ridgeline

 

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Cathedral Rock Panorama, Sedona

 

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Canyon of Fools

 

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123 comments

  1. Amazing pictures, Jane! Are they the same like the Grand Canyon? They are nature’s monuments 🙂 It’s also nice to see the contrast between the Cathedral Rock and Plaza Blanca Tower / The white place. I like the picture with the hotairballoons very much but also the panoramic pictures, especially “Sunset Butte, Sedona”. 🙂 Well done, Jane!
    Warm regards, Heidi

    • Hi Heidi, Thank you! Sedona is relatively close to the Grand Canyon. The entire southwest is pretty magical. I’m glad I got up for sunrise to see those hot air balloons rise. So peaceful and beautiful Glad you enjoyed and I appreciate your thoughtful comments!

  2. “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
    For that reason I have to go to the SW of the USA!
    My heart beats for stone 😉
    Your website shows different things. I like it, because my passion is diversity! Best wishes Simone

  3. Gorgeous shots of a gorgeous place. 🙂

  4. Amazing rock piles amorously photographed

  5. Oh my god! I have no words! The best post of the day for me!

  6. Another magnificent series Jane, with your panorama of Sunset Butte being my favorite ~ it makes me want to prepare a trip there for my next vacation 🙂 Also, have to say it was nice to see with your last shot, a canyon named after me 🙂

    • Ha, Randall, you made me laugh. 🙂 I bet there have been some aptly named people hiking down there in the heat of the summer.
      I am really enjoying the panorama feature on the Fuji X-T2. Seamless and good quality. Glad I whet your appetite for a trip to the southwest and thanks very much for your encouraging reaction.

  7. Apparently I have been absent. Such beauty. I love the hot air balloons.

  8. It is gorgeous country around Santa Fe and Sedona. I’ve been to the Santa Fe area a few times, but just passing by Sedona. The “Canyon of Fools”, the name alone suggests you may want to think twice before hiking it. 🙂

    • Hi David, It really is wonderful in these areas. I hope you get to spend some time in Sedona…even though it’s gotten built up, you still feel like you are “one with nature” when you’re out there. I wouldn’t go into Canyon of Fools in the summer… 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed these.

  9. amazing nature…boy did u capture its greatness….great eye!!!!

  10. Great photographic tribute to such a special place Jane

  11. Oh, how I’d love to be in those hot air balloons!
    Such truly beautiful photographs, Jane.
    Thank you for sharing them.

  12. Beautiful photos, Jane. The light that you have captured is wonderful.

  13. I like the immediacy of the first Sedona sunset, Jane.
    Ω

  14. Breathtaking Jane. How could you even travel between those places and return to us without years off to meditate on them?

  15. Glorious photos Jane and the light on Sedona is stunning. I love this quote too :“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” We “found” Sedona by accident when heading somewhere else and were amazed by the scenery.

  16. Gorgeous, Jane!! It is a magical place, isn’t it?

  17. Awesome photos of an awesome place.

  18. What an awesome, awesome place, Jane! And you’ve captured it beautifully!

  19. Really lovely shots Jane have a great day!

  20. Beautiful places. I hope to be able to visit USA again and see them as well.

  21. Beautiful images! You’ve captured the beauty and drama of the “rocks” and clouds around Sedona, Jane. I’ve not been to Santa Fe, but can see that it has the same majestic feel.

    • Hi Ellen, Thank you so much. It is so expansive and beautiful it’s a little overwhelming to capture. Glad you like them. We enjoy Santa Fe especially getting outside of town. The White Place is near there in Abiquiu.

  22. simply impressive and stunning!!

  23. Sedona is amazing, and practically unknown in the UK. I am so glad I got the chance to visit a few years ago. And your photos are simply stunning, as usual.

  24. Beautiful photos! I especially like the Plaza Blanca Tower

  25. Very beautiful again. The deep reds and oranges one only finds over there.

    • Thank you very much, Peter. The colors are astounding. I have some images of the glowing rock at sunset — it was astounding to see and honestly, the image straight out of the camera almost looks fake, it’s so rich. Next post! 🙂

  26. This is absolutely stunning! Everything. The photography and the quotes. Very well done!

  27. Great images of one of my favorite areas.

  28. The title you picked for this wonderful post and photos fits perfectly!

  29. Wonderful dramatic landscapes!

  30. I love this series, Jane, especially as I’m getting ready to travel to the Four Corners area on May 1. The ultimate road trip! I will be in a peripheral area around Four Corners, CO, NM, UT, AZ, but I’ll miss some of these places further west. These are beautiful photos. Thanks for the inspiration!

  31. All I could say is WOW Jane 😀 These images are phenomenal.

  32. Spectacular natural scenery and magnificent series of photographs. An extraordinary work.

  33. How gorgeous can it get and you have certainly done the place justice.

  34. I’ve been there 25 years ago. Sedona is an awesome place and your pictures are beautiful!

  35. Fabulous images Jane, thanks for sharing. Brian.

  36. The living energy of a place! I think you’ve captured it here, Jane. 🙂 🙂

  37. This is the third time in a week that my attention has been drawn to Sedona — do you believe in the significance of repeated coincidence?

    • I do indeed, Terry, and I think you better be on your way to find your vortex in Sedona. I never found mine, but it’s well worth a try! Glad you enjoyed the series– thanks very much.

  38. Magnificent architecture well captured, Jane. I can feel the power of these places through your photos. ‘Plaza Blanca Tower’ in particular, is stunning.

  39. Canyon of Fools, that’s a good favorite! 🙂 These are a treat to look at, Jane. The panoramas capture the scope of those landscapes well. I didn’t know about Plaza Blanca, and I love those photos – hopefully I will see it one day. I’ll disagree with Saint-Exupery, at least in the literal sense – I am so happy to let a rock pile be just a rock pile, and to not need to imagine it as a cathedral. It is glorious just as it is. But in the end, we probably feel the same way. And though I understand Leibowitz’s wish, I’m glad it can’t all be photographed. Beautiful photographs, leaving us a little hungry for more, and that’s OK. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

    • Hi Lynn, We laughed at that sign! Happy you like the landscapes and I do have fun with the panorama function on the Fuji. I love the quiet, contemplative beauty in nature which, for me, is the best kind of cathedral. So, yes, we are on the same page. 🙂 Hope you are out and about making great photographs!

  40. Have to say it… you come pretty damned close to fulfilling Annie Leibovitz’s wish! These are utterly lovely captures. Haven’t had the pleasure of visiting, but you make it mighty tempting.

    • Aw,Gunta, you’ve made my day. Thank you so much. Hopefully, you’ll make it there sometime- it’s a special part of the country. Close to the Grand Canyon, too. Pleased you enjoyed these landscapes.

  41. These are wonderful Jane. Your Sedona light was amazing!

  42. Plaza Blanca Tower. Wow. This looks like a wizards castle to me. So beautiful! ❤️😎

  43. Jane, you’re going to make lots of people want to travel to Sedona and area! Really beautiful!

    • Hi Sharon, Thank you! I don’t think they need any help– we were astounded at the crowds for spring break. As you can see from the photos, we managed to avoid them as much as possible. Glad you enjoyed!

  44. Jane, these are really beautiful. Ridgeline is on the top of the list for me. It is dramatic and has so much mystery.
    On a more humorous side, how much did you have to pay the person to wear red?

  45. I love the rock formations in that area… so majestic and colourful…

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